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The summary below is from the full report titled “Prospective Evaluation of Cardiac Risk Indices for Patients Undergoing Noncardiac Surgery.” It is in the 5 September 2000 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine (volume 133, pages 356-359). The authors are K Gilbert, BJ Larocque, and LT Patrick.